After the rabbits’ move from upstairs to downstairs, Cosette has determined that my office is her favorite room.
Accepting that Cos was going to be a regular in this room, we took steps to bunny proof it properly. The flex tubing on the wooden coffee table legs, although unsightly, has been quite effective at protecting them.
A few weeks ago, we noticed Cosette’s left eye was occasionally watery. It left the fur above it messy looking. So we took her to the vet, who tried to flush the tear duct out. While the solution came through Cosette’s nose on the right side, it didn’t on the left side. So she was sent home with an antibiotic eye drop and an oral antibiotic (Baytril) to be administered twice daily for two weeks. We were also given a rabbit probiotic to add to her water to help her digestive system while she’s on the antibiotics.
Giving Cosette medicine has always been difficult due to her bold, independent personality. She hates being held and doing anything that’s not her own idea. She’s very suspicious and very difficult to catch.
Coco on the other hand is the world’s easiest patient. He actually enjoys the taste of banana-flavored medicine and comes willingly when called to lick it from the syringe.
So for our more difficult patient, we’ve been mixing the oral medicine in a mashed banana, the only food she tolerates with the medicine in it. We tried squirting it on lettuce, inside a cored out strawberry, and mixed in with apple sauce. They were all immediately avoided. The eye drops at first were somewhat easy to apply. But then she became wary of that activity as well, so we’ve had to catch her and hold her down to put the drops in.
So the past week and a half has been trying, but Cosette’s eye seems to be getting better. We go back to the vet on Wednesday for another tear duct flush. Wish us luck that all goes well! We’ll keep you posted on what happens…
UPDATE: We took Cos in today, and the vet was able to flush it, though it didn’t go easily. So we will continue with the drops for one more week. The routine will be tortuous for all parties involved, but hopefully it’ll nip the problem in the bud!
Our big box of Timothy hay from Small Pet Select arrived today, and needless to say, the buns were very excited. They could smell the fragrant contents before I even opened the box. Cosette decided I was too slow opening it, so she started to help. She’s very good at unwrapping gifts.
She became a blur when I finally opened the box, swiping the first bite.
Coco decided he’d have better luck on the other side.
He happily munched away…
…until he realized that the lid had created a makeshift tunnel. He can never resist a good tunnel.
Cos started to wonder why I was taking photos. The clicking was ruining her dining experience.
“Still here, eh?”
I took the hint, and turned off the camera so they could eat in peace.
You can buy this hay online for your buns at Small Pet Select. Their boxes of Timothy hay come in various sizes all the way up to 60 pounds. (Click on the link for Timothy Hay on the left to see the larger size options.)
Here at My House Rabbit headquarters, we’re taking part in Apartment Therapy’s The January Cure. The idea is to spend a little time each day this month decluttering and organizing various rooms in our home. Of course, we had to include the bunny space on our list.
We started by recycling some of their overly-renovated cardboard castles and removing some of our underused items from the area. We then took the opportunity to tend to the flooring. After a thorough vacuuming, we shampooed the carpet with eco-friendly carpet detergent and a steam vac. What a difference!
Here is part of the rabbits’ space, decluttered with newly-shampooed carpets.
With the space now clean and decluttered, the fun began! We rearranged the bunnies’ remaining cardboard castles and tunnels, which is always a delight for them. The change in scenery equates to a whole new playground for them.
Here they are enjoying their “new” space:
Cosette explores one of the tunnels.
Coco joins in the fun as Cosette investigates the tunnel from another angle.
Checking out the cardboard castle.
Doing some more renovations.
Thinking about going in the tube.
Taking a break after a tough evening of exploring and renovating.
When we switched from store-bought timothy hay to a locally-grown timothy hay-orchard grass mix from a farm, we realized there was one disadvantage. The hay was more tangled together than the store-bought kind, and Cos, being very greedy/possessive of her food, started running away with large clumps of hay in her mouth. The hay got all over the carpet, and it was a big pain having to constantly clean it up.
Enter the Screwy Rabbit Hay Buffet. We recently acquired this durable (but lightweight) hay feeder from Wabbit Works. It’s actually large enough to hold a substantial amount of hay, unlike the hay feeders available at the pet store. This feeder caters to a rabbit with a proper hay-based diet. It keeps the hay contained (so no dragging large clumps out of the litterbox anymore), and it fits next to a litterbox. (We actually have three small litterboxes surrounding it because our rabbits seem to like having options.) There is less waste because the hay stays more or less in the feeder rather than being sat on in the litterbox.
Cosette eating out of the Screwy Rabbit Hay Buffet.